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1381  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: December 17, 2010, 10:30:10 PM
Exploring Carnia in Strange Journey. Glad I got back into this. I also started a new game in The Dark Spire and a new party, just so I could test out the classic mode. I kinda like it, but the music's not as good. It's also tougher to tell what I'm highlighting so I end up choosing the wrong thing.=(
1382  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Youtube on: December 17, 2010, 07:14:52 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga_noudWTIY

...I don't know what to say about this. Discuss?

Did he seriously graffiti "V" on the wall like V for Vendetta?
1383  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Non-Random Battles worse than Random Battles? on: December 17, 2010, 06:38:02 PM
When they're done well, Like in Persona 3, they're strategic and provide an interesting challenge while giving you the choice whether or not you should fight or run. When they're done wrong, they end up being an annoyance. I know in one dungeon in Star Ocean: The Last Hope, I fought many enemies thanks to slim corridors and bad camera positions. On the plus side I got a lot of exp, on the negative side, I was wandering around that one dungeon 50 times, just trying to find one item. I think it goes without saying that I was more than a little annoyed. In Tales of Symphonia, on the other hand, I had gotten so good at avoiding enemies that I could go a whole dungeon without fighting more than one or two groups of enemies, and was fighting every boss sorely underleveled, so I had to leave the dungeon and grind to make up for it. Of course that's easy when it just means running into every enemy you see. Usually I'd be good in about 30 to 45 minutes.

So yeah, when done wrong, they can be just as annoying as random battles, but when done right, they're by far the best option.
1384  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RPGs you don't like anymore but wish you still did. on: December 17, 2010, 02:59:07 PM
Pokemon - why don't like it? It hasn't changed enough in 10+ years. Still, it was the game that defined my childhood, so it would be nice to relive the memories, but memories is all I'll ever have in this case.

Digimon World series - why don't I like them? They're terrible games. Terrible, broken, idiotically designed games. But still, they were the games I spent a lot of my free time with as a kid.

If it counts: The Legend of Zelda series - They're like Pokemon in that it hasn't changed too much, except unlike Pokemon, it has a bunch of clones proving that the formula can be done better. But still, it would be nice if I could enjoy it like I did when I was a kid, before I realized how stale it was.


Other than that, I've only been playing RPGs for 3 years, so it'll be a while before I run into more games that I don't really like anymore.
1385  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Have you "RPG'd yourself out of other genres"? on: December 17, 2010, 01:30:42 PM
Yeah, I only play for small chunks at a time, though in my case it's usually 'cause of my short attention span.=P
1386  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Golden Sun Dark Dawn in 10 days on: December 17, 2010, 12:11:52 PM
Its strange, I think alot of whats said here is very valid, but I never seem to, at least not to myself, think about such things.  Like for instance I got Assassins Creed 2 from Gamefly earlier, and my biggest issue, and the reason im sending it back for something else, is because I hated the whole climbing/jumping control aspect.  It was just that one thing that drove me completely insane.  Same with FFXIII, I just hated the battle system they used, and it really ruined it for me..especially once things got hard (at least for me).  But then you have games like this, where I am completely enjoying myself.  I might find a few of the lines to be a bit cheesy here and there, but overall its nothing like the above examples that affects me.  I ended up keeping Golden Sun since with my coupon and discount I got it for just over 20 bucks, but I think I would have been completely happy paying the full amount for it. 

Yeah, everyone has that game where it works perfectly for them, even though others can come up with a number of complaints. I know I did not like the first Golden Sun, but whenever I explain my reasonings for fans of the game, they can never seem to get it. It was perfect in their eyes. I can't blame them, since most of my problems with it also exist in Breath of Fire and Final Fantasy 4, yet I liked those games for some reason I can't explain. Just hit the right notes I guess.

Now, I haven't played The DS Golden Sun, but it sounds like it would be a bit more enjoyable. It's still sounds too easy, but easy games have a place in my collection, too, I suppose, especially now that Chrono Trigger and M&L: Partners in Time have been beaten.

And speaking of Partners in Time, that's my game where I think it's perfect even though others are always pointing out flaws. I just didn't have any problems with it, it did everything I wanted it to do and more and I enjoyed every second of it.

And I see we both disliked the battle system in Final Fantasy XIII. Interesting.
1387  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: December 17, 2010, 10:28:15 AM
I got 3 more zones of Sonic 2 left and I'm on my last continue...D=
1388  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: December 16, 2010, 08:23:41 PM
So I went through a bunch of my DS games trying to figure out which ones to sell, but in the end, I couldn't find anything I wanted to get rid of. Out of 40+ games. Not bad.

I also found out that the mission I was stuck on in SJ can't be solved yet, so I'll just move on to the next area.
1389  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Western RPG With Engaging Storyline? on: December 16, 2010, 06:19:14 PM
I'm looking to see if anyone can name some Western RPGs with engaging storylines. I've not played that many in the genre, and out of those, Mass Effect, Planescape: Torment, and arguably Fallout 3 were the only ones I came across that had a story that held my attention and made me want to know more about it. I won't list the others, because if they're listed, that would give me a proper frame of reference, and perhaps entice me to give those games a second chance, or at least adjust my expectations.

List:

Anachronox(PC)
Dues Ex(PC)
Septerra Core(PC)
Summoner(PS2)
1390  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 16, 2010, 05:13:48 PM
and Strange Journey is from 2009

You are....right. I'm really confused now.=P

Released in '09 in JP, '10 in NA, right?

That's what I thought but the cart says '09...Oh wait, you're right March 23rd 2010, I got it for my birthday this year just days after. Okay, so that's my #1.
1391  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 16, 2010, 04:10:44 PM
and Strange Journey is from 2009

You are....right. I'm really confused now.=P
1392  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 16, 2010, 04:04:04 PM
Wait, I forgot what came out this year.

My list:

1) SMT: Strange Journey
2) FF13 (only FF I played from start to...well, I made my brother finish it for me =P)
3) Sands of Destruction (cutesy and worth the $10 I paid for it)
4) Hexyz Force (only a few hours in, though)
5) Pokemon HeartGold (I played it for 5 minutes and was already bored to tears)
1393  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Favorite RPGs of 2010 - RPGFan users on: December 16, 2010, 02:49:06 PM
I'll tell ya around Xmas. I seriously haven't played anything that came out this year...

wait! I played a bit of Hexyz Force, so I guess that'll have to do.=P
1394  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: FFIV Complete Collection for PSP on: December 16, 2010, 11:44:29 AM
I'd like to decide how good it is on my own, so I'll still be getting it.
Statements like this are silly.
So do you buy every game that your interested in just to see if it's good? That would be ridiculous. At some point, reviews and general comments by others who have played the game HAVE to come into play.
If a game I am interested in is getting universally awful or mediocre reviews , I'm going to be bummed, but I'll move on. No way am I buying it just to decide on my own.
Now, if renting is a possibility, then that would make sense.


Now now, I just meant in that one instance. I'll be getting it regardless of how good The After Years is because It's Final Fantasy 4 and it would take something radical like ugly 3D graphics or a dumbed down difficulty to scare me away.:P Of course, once I'm done with FF4 I'll find out if TAY is really any good.

In retrospect, I probably should've mentioned some of that before, huh.^_^;
1395  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Tales of PlayStation(s) revealed on: December 15, 2010, 09:44:46 PM

Kind of an old article, but yea, they like their "-ia"'s. Remember Symphonia, Vesperia, and Phantasia?
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